Imagine you’re holding a steaming cup of coffee, enjoying the aroma. Suddenly, someone bumps into you, causing the coffee to spill everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? You might instinctively blame the person who bumped into you. But let’s look at it differently. You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. If there had been tea, you would have spilled tea.
This simple scenario mirrors a profound truth about life: when life shakes you up, what’s inside you will come out. So, what are you carrying around in your cup?
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Life’s Shakes and Spills
Life is unpredictable and full of unexpected bumps. When life rattles you, whatever is in your cup will spill out. Is it joy, gratitude, peace, and humility? Or anger, bitterness, harsh words, and negativity?
Imagine you need to arrive on time for an important meeting and get stuck in traffic on the way. How do you react? If you lash out in frustration, honking and cursing, it shows that anger and impatience fill your cup. But if you stay calm, enjoying an audiobook or some quiet reflection, it reveals a cup filled with patience and peace.
Filling Your Cup with Goodness
The beauty of life is that you have the power to choose what fills your cup. Strive to fill it with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, resilience, positivity, and love.
We all know someone who always greets you with a smile and kind words, regardless of their circumstances. They’ve chosen to fill their cup with positivity and love, spilling over to others, making their company a source of joy.
Reducing the Bad in Your Cup
Having some harmful elements in your cup is natural, like regrets, fears, and resentments. The key is to minimize these as much as possible.
It is human to dwell on past mistakes. Each time we revisit their memory, it’s like adding a drop of poison to your cup. Instead, we should accept the past, learn from it, and move on. Doing so effectively reduces the amount of ‘bad’ in our cups.
The Power of Thoughts
Your thoughts play a crucial role in filling your cup. Thoughts become words, and words become a reality. In his book “A New Earth,” Eckhart Tolle discusses the concept of the egoic mind, which can create trouble in your life.
For example, if you constantly think about how stressful your job is, you’re filling your cup with stress and negativity. Instead, try to focus on the aspects of your job that you enjoy or appreciate. This shift in mindset can make a significant difference in your overall outlook.
Take Control of Your Cup
Regardless of what’s in your cup right now, you have the power to change it. You can remove the weeds and plant flowers. Start today, and fill your cup with what you want to spill when life shakes you.
Identify one positive change you can make today to fill your cup with something good. Write it down, commit to it, and watch how it transforms your life.